独自の世界観で尺八の音世界の素晴らしさを表現する演奏家・き乃はち

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KinohachiShakuhachi player & composer

Born in 1971 in Negishi, Tokyo.
He was raised in a family of traditional performers, and his grandfather started the line of ‘Sato Kinsui’ and his legacy continues on through a school of Japanese traditional bamboo flute called ‘Kinko-ryu Shakuhachi’. Kinohachi began playing with the shakuhachi as a toy at 4. In his twenties he studied under Kifuu Mitsuhashi (a Shakuhachi master player who was awarded the Medal of Honor with the Purple Ribbon in 2011). He has performed on many stages both in Japan and abroad with his master. He is also a member of the rock band ‘Musashi’ which is a fusion of traditional Japanese and Western instruments. He made his solo debut in 2003 and his music has appeared in anime, plays and on television networks such as NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation). In addition to his regular domestic and international appearances, he does memorial performances in places such as Chernobyl and Chiran.

He has also committed himself to the campaign of ‘Mirai Minyo Project’ passing down ‘Minyo’ to the future generation 100 years from now. ‘Minyo’ is a traditional type of spoken Japanese folk song and dance that varies from region to region. Kinohachi continues to learn about Japanese tradition in order to preserve the soul of Japanese culture and pass it down to future generations and people the whole world over.

Performances and Lives in Japan and abroad

2004 Performance in London
2006 Performance in Moscow
2007 Performed at the Ukraine Arts and Culture Festival in Slavutych
Performed at the Shimane play-off match for the Emperor’s Cup All Japan Soccer Tournament
2008 Russian Tour (Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Novgorod and Medved)
2009 Live stage Performance: Shuzan-sai September Ookabuki (traditional drama performed by male actors) “Ryoma ga iku (Ryoma goes)” at Kabukiza Theater
Performed the national anthem at the All Japan Rugby (vs Canada) scrimmage
2010 Live stage Performance: “Nemurikyoshiro” starring GACKT
2012 Live stage Performance: “Saotome Taichi Spring Exhibition”
2012 Performance in Russia (Saint Petersburg)
Performance in Kazakhstan (Astana and Almaty)
2014 Performed as the Japanese representative at International Music Festival in Turkmenistan
2015 Performed at the opening ceremony of international rugby games “Tokyo Sevens 2015”
2016 Live stage Performance: the new Kabuki “Genso Seishin Kukai”
2016 Performance in Crimea

Discography

2003 Released the first solo album “Sora”
2004 Released the second solo album “Iki”
2008 Released the album “Tami no Uta” produced by Kinohachi
2009 Re-released the albums “Uchu” and “Iki” at a time (from Sony group village music)
2013 Released the single “Onmyoji”, the theme music for the new Kabuki “Onmyoji -Takiyasya hime-“
2015 Released the single “Making History JAPAN”, the theme music for Japanese National Rugby Team
2016 Released the single “Ten ni Mukatte”, the theme music for the new Kabuki “Gensoushin Kukai”

Producing and Composing

2005 Collaboration with painter and poet, Kotaro Nakamura
2008 Music composer of Shuzan-sai September Ookabuki “Ryoma ga iku / Fuun-hen (Ryoma goes / winds and clouds ver.)” at Kabukiza Theater
2009 Music composer of Shuzan-sai September Ookabuki “Ryoma ga iku (Ryoma goes)” at Kabukiza Theater
Produced the theme music for All Japan Rugby Test Match (vs Canada)
2013 Produced the theme music for the new Kabuki “Onmyoji -Takiyasya hime-” at Kabukiza Theater
Produced Tokyo Arts Council Partnership program “The World of Hidden Komuso Shakuhachi” at Edo-Tokyo Museum
2015 Produced theme music for 2015 Rugby Top League, All Japan Rugby Team
2016 Produced and composed music for the new Kabuki “Gensoshin Kukai”

Community activities

2006 “Komuso Shakuhachi” lecture at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory
2007 Memorial Live at Chernobyl and Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine, Gohyaku Rakan
2009 Live at Chuson-ji Temple (Iwate Prefecture) and Goju-no-to (5-Story Pagoda) in Mt. Haguro (Yamagata Prefecture)
2010 Founded “Mirai Minyo Project” and became a representative of performers
2011 Since March, has performed at over 20 shelters and temporary houses for evacuees of the Great East Japan Earthquake
(Miyako-city Iwate Prefecture, Oohunewatari-city and Kesennuma-city Miyagi Prefecture, Soma-city and Iwaki-city Fukushima Prefecture)
2013 Performed at the 5th anniversary for a monument in Medved village, Russia
2014 Performed at the 60th Memorial Live for Kamikaze suicide attacks in Chiran base camp (Kagoshima Prefecture) and at Goju-no-to (5-Story Pagoda) in Mt. Haguro (Yamagata Prefecture)
Educational performances to children to introduce traditional Shakuhachi culture

Others

2009 Performed on shows of 33 TV and radio stations for Tohoku Caravan Campaign
2010 Regular guest performances on a radio program “Gachirajienta” of FM Iwaki

  

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